Weekend Amble (and this week’s giveaway winner)

As mentioned in last post, we had quite the family weekend.

Saturday was a change of pace for us. Relaxed. Nowhere we had to go. I like these kind of days. They allow for an intuitive, free-flowing type of structure that I often crave during the weekdays of structure and classes, obligations and meetings.

After a day’s worth of activity, the kids fell asleep in the car on the way home from the park. It took all of two minutes.

I love it when they sleep. Even (or especially) if it is in an upright position.

My sister-in-law Alice, is British.

Is it just me, or do the Brit’s have the upper-hand when it comes to poise and charm? I suppose it has something to do with that distinguished way of pronouncing words like “tea” and “for.”

My kids try to imitate her accent. It makes me laugh to hear a six year old attempt a British accent.

Alice is Mali’s favorite aunt, I think. Alice plays Barbies with her and does her hair.

Here they are, picnic at the park.

Salem creeps, climbs, crawls (but she doesn’t walk consistently, yet.).

Unlike Mali when she was her age, she is not content to observation. She must move. I think she gets that from me.

Here, she peeps through the playground bars, and eyes her brothers (whom adore her).

I have to show you Joseph’s hair. He doesn’t know if he should cut it. I tell him I like it long. And if the JAG thing pans out, he’ll sport a short do soon enough.

I say, wear it long while you can.

Part of the day’s amble, was a hike up and down the crooked and uneven mountain path (was it even a path? I’m not sure), and then through a dry creek bed.

Hyrum’s hair is also long. I don’t mind. Although it may all come off come summer.

I have the impression that our family is like this picture–we hold hands, and then follow dad.

A parade of devoted followers. What more could one person want?

Note to self:

Signs of spring here. See? Winter doesn’t last forever.

While I miss Washington state’s evergreens, Utah, I’ve recognized, has it’s own beauty.
And, to round out the post, a few joys of being a parent:

1) The chance to carry children on your shoulders (or watch your spouse do it). A sliver of time in their life when you can do this.

2) Singing innocent kiddie songs.

We sing the same ABC songs, over and over while in the car (a mini-van, I should mention). Asher insists on listening to his favorite song each time we go anywhere. I know “Kitten Kaboodle” by heart.

Giveaway Winner:

This week’s giveway winner of the bamboo salad bowl from my Amazon store: Atwood Family of 5! Send me an email with your address, within 24 hours to veganmothering(at)gmail(dot)com to get your goods!

Tomorrow’s Post:

Recipe blitz!

I have several recipes that have been patiently awaiting publication, and are now ready to serve up, to you, dear reader :).

I’ll also share one reader’s experience with the let’s eat greens! challenge.


  1. Whole Foods Vegan Momma
    on March 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:

    Jenny: Hello! Glad to have you stop by. Noticed you have a blog yourself. Do you have a RS feed? I'd like to subscribe but I couldn't find it anywhere.

  2. Jenny
    on March 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm said:

    I just discovered your blog – not sure what took me so long! – and have enjoyed reading through it. I appreciated reading your thoughts on your faith regarding veganism.

  3. Whole Foods Vegan Momma
    on March 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm said:

    Joya: I know. Sometimes I worry that I missing things. Time goes so quickly, and I don't want to look back and wish I had done things differently. I'm sure there will inevitably be some of that, but as a whole, I want to make sure I'm in my kids lives and really enjoying the time.

  4. Joya
    on March 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm said:

    I loved this post. How precious are these memories. It's so great that the kids will be able to look back on these special times. There is nothing more precious than the love of a child, and you have an abundance!!

  5. Whole Foods Vegan Momma
    on March 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm said:

    Becca: Aw shucks, I try not to be too sappy, but I can't deny I an overabundance of opportunities to do so :). Happy you were touched.Lfwfv: Thanks. But I was noticing how, if you look at my children's clothing, they are certainly not stylish or the most well-dressed. I guess I was thinking that, because I read a lot of design, fashion blogs, you know where the kids are always impecabely clean and fashionable (think baby J.Crew), which I think sounds like a nice idea, but is sooo not my world right, nor is it likely ever to be. Melissa: It's true. Joseph is hands down the kids favorite. They always love me when their babies (cause I've got the milk), but then they grow up and realize Joseph is much cooler. Joy: So fun you have a little one in your life. Don't they make life so much better? They help keep things in proper perspective.

  6. Joy
    on March 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm said:

    Your family is so beautiful, Janae! I love that your sister in law and Mali have a special relationship. Our friends' toddler and I are in complete adoration of each other, and nothing could make me happier. Being an aunt is awesome!

  7. Melissa DeLeon
    on March 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm said:

    I love the photo following dad… so adorable. And Salem COULD NOT be any more adorable! Oh my gosh. So. Darn. Cute.

  8. Anonymous
    on March 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm said:

    what a beautiful post with beautiful pictures. Your family looks like such a lovely bunch :)lfwfv

  9. Becca
    on March 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm said:

    What a beautiful post! It brought tears to my eyes, especially the "hold hands and follow dad" – it`s great to have a husband who loves and leads :).